I'm surprised I hadn't written a review of this yet. I have read this book several times now and every time I am encouraged and take away something neI'm surprised I hadn't written a review of this yet. I have read this book several times now and every time I am encouraged and take away something new. Hurnard tells the story of Much Afraid, an appropriately named girl who lives in the Valley of Humiliation. As you can probably tell, this is an allegorical tale, and it takes the reader on Much Afraid's journey to the High Places at the invitation of the Good Shepherd.
This is such a beautiful and simple story and yet it carries with it so many insights and lessons. In some way, every person can identify with Much Afraid at some point in her journey, and no matter where you are, Hurnard's story will encourage and remind you of the truth. ...more
Charlie is floundering as a writer. When his college girlfriend comes back into his life, he hopes to be inspired anew by her own artistic passion. BuCharlie is floundering as a writer. When his college girlfriend comes back into his life, he hopes to be inspired anew by her own artistic passion. But Sophie has changed, given up writing altogether. So what happened to Sophie Wilder?
I really need to read the summary before getting into a book that I read about on BuzzFeed or NPR. If I had read the dust jacket at the library, the words "pseudointellectual coterie" would hopefully have been enough of a red flag to put it back. Early on in the book I couldn't care less about Charlie and his problems. There were way too many references to Kerouac and Thoreau and artistes sitting around and talking. Ugh. By the middle of the book I couldn't care less what had happened to Sophie Wilder. The only thing that kept me from giving it up was the story line that followed Sophie caring for her dying father-in-law, a man estranged from his son and struggling with his own demons. There was enough there to help me finish, but it still felt like a waste of time. ...more
Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly, leaving behind his wife, four children, and an empty seat on the local parish council in Pagford. His death also setsBarry Fairbrother dies suddenly, leaving behind his wife, four children, and an empty seat on the local parish council in Pagford. His death also sets off a chain reaction of events that will uncover the ugly realities in the seeming respectable townspeople.
This was a difficult book. I've mentioned that I like books that have a realistic human element, and this book is like a Mack truck of the ugly side of humanity. There are no heroes, no characters that I wanted to root for. But by the end, I was wanting to see them come out better for what they had faced. Rowling primarily seems to be addressing class issues, how the privileged impact the lives of the needy. It is heartbreaking and frustrating, and there are no easy answers. Not one of my favorites but it was good to see what Rowling has to offer outside of Harry Potter....more
I had seen bits and pieces of the movie and knew what to expect in the plot, but it was still a book I wanted to read. This Poirot mystery follows a gI had seen bits and pieces of the movie and knew what to expect in the plot, but it was still a book I wanted to read. This Poirot mystery follows a group on a boat cruise down the Nile. Suspense and conflict are introduced early in the form of a love triangle, and when one person in that triangle ends up dead, Poirot sets to figuring out what is truth and what is illusion.
Overall it's a pretty good book, but it's not nearly one of my favorite Christie mysteries or Poirot case. The love connections that take place surprised me and seemed a little out of place in the middle of the mystery. The plot does move quickly and it seems to me that Christie did a good job of examining human emotion and drive in this book. Overall a relatively satisfying mystery, but not her best....more
I'm not sure how to write a review for this, and it doesn't help that I haven't written a review in a while! I was expecting this book to be a believeI'm not sure how to write a review for this, and it doesn't help that I haven't written a review in a while! I was expecting this book to be a believer's take on walking out some of Bonhoeffer's basic teachings or a devotional of some type that used Bonhoeffer's material. I suppose it was more the former, but not nearly what I hoped it would be. What I found was a very real, very raw look at a very difficult time in a man's life and how he thought of Bonhoeffer's teachings during that time. To be honest, I found it a little depressing. Walker holds nothing back as he describes his bipolar disorder, his failed marriage, the loss of children, and his financial difficulties. I appreciated his openness to a degree, but most of the time I felt that the circumstances and the feelings accompanying them overshadowed the lessons that he learned through them. ...more